Porto-Petro is more than just a diving and snorkelling haven. This district of Santanyí is a fishing village with a traditional touch, offering plenty for holidaymakers in search of an authentic glimpse of Majorca.
Located just over 60 kilometres from Palma, Porto-Petro is one of Majorca's many tourist resorts consisting of beaches, harbours, and the finest Mediterranean restaurants you've ever had the pleasure of dining at. Only 500 or so people reside in this town, making it an ideal base for holidaymakers who want to unwind, but relax in the knowledge that more action can be found a 10-minute drive away in nearby Cala Figuera or Cala d'Or.
Known for its picturesque marina and sublime setting, Cala D'Or's white sand beaches, pine tree-fringed bays, and sophisticated atmosphere entice holidaymakers in search of a slower pace of life. What started as a small fishing village has developed into a popular vacation destination. Bird lovers pack their binoculars and set off to Cala D'or's Mondragó Natural Park to catch sight of ospreys, while historians enjoy basking in the medieval setting near Santueri Castle. If you plan on visiting the southeast coast to check out this resort, try the beach water sports, attend a cooking class, or hop on a boat tour!
If you don't want to escape the beach life, but do want to experience Spanish culture, spend a day at Porto Cristo. Located on the east coast, Porto Cristo's name translates to “Port of Christ”. Named after the Christian invasion when a crucifix-carrying boat was found washed up on the shore, this stunning stretch of coastline is a good place to kick back with a drink in-hand. Glass bottom boats set off from what was formerly one of the most popular resorts until Cala Millor took over. Should you hop on board, you can float along the emerald waters in the direction of Cala Bona, Canyamel, and Cala Romantica.
A district of Santanyí, Cala Figueras is not visited by tourists as frequently as some of Porto-Petro's other neighbouring resorts. However, it does appeal to people who are seeking a change from Majorca's mass tourism. While Cala Figuera does not boast its own beach, there are some coastal areas close by. Botanical diversity is rich in this region, which is home to an ostrich farm!
Coves del Drac
The Caves of Drach were first mentioned in a letter way back in 1338, so there’s a lengthy history to uncover in this tourist hotspot. Ancient and fascinating, the caves are one of the most popular sites on the island. Explore its mysterious underground paths for 15 minutes to 1.5 hours – these paths lead towards a spectacular underground lake. Navigate the waters on a kayak, and admire the stalactite and limestone formations within. Inside the cave, the temperature rests at around 21 degrees Celsius.
Parc Natural de Mondrago
After spending a morning, afternoon or an entire day at Parc Natural de Mondrago, you’ll likely consider it one of your favourite things to do in Majorca, let alone Porto-Petro. Also known as Mondragó Natural Park, the natural space is a habitat for various wildlife and bird species. It can be found in the Llevant district. Comprised of beaches, wetlands, and crystal clear waters, the park can be accessed by strolling down small lanes enclosed by vegetation on either side. The area is perfect for walking, hiking, swimming, and snorkelling.
Bike Ride to Felanitx
Why not rent a petrol-powered scooter or a bicycle and set off on a road trip to nearby Felanitx? There are lots of things to do in this resort, such as taking a swing on the lush green course at Vall d'Or Golf, learning about the area's past at the Santuari de Sant Salvador landmark, or inspecting the architecture of the Iglesia Parroquial de San Miguel church. You will also find hiking trails and castles in this region.
The fact that Porto-Petro boasts such a convenient location on the rim of the island means that there is no shortage of beach to explore. In fact, there are plenty of picturesque Mediterranean bays and coves accessible on foot. They include Calo de Sa Torre and Calo des Homos Morts. If you fancy renting a car, taking a taxi, or perhaps riding a scooter to the beach, check out the beaches near Cala D’Or or if you’re feeling adventurous, embark on a 30-minute journey to Manacor, where most beaches are attached to small resorts.
Mediterranean cuisine is diverse, offering plenty to please most people’s palates. Prepared with a range of locally sourced or grown staple ingredients, Porto-Petro’s culinary scene is an exciting one, with a plethora of highly-rated eateries situated just footsteps from one another. Signature Spanish dishes you can try in this region of Majorca include Pimientos de Padrón (bread with oil), Frito Mallorquin (combination of meat and vegetables), and Porcella (suckling pig).
Whatever type of cuisine you’re craving, you’ll satisfy hunger pangs at Porto-Petro’s many dining establishments, such as Es Bergant, Ca'n Trompe, Restaurante Selani, or La Bodega. Peruse seafood specialities on the menu at Rancho El Patio or Restaurante Gadus on the harbour. Alternatively, tuck into international food and enjoy the social setting at El Sitio Tapas Bar, Upstairs Open Air Bar, or Restaurante El Barco.
The next time you feel tempted to book a sunny break on the Spanish island of Majorca, consider searching for accommodation in Porto Petro through easyJet holidays.
The easyJet holidays booking service is flexible, and if you book flights at the same time as you reserve accommodation, you’ll save money on your getaway. What’s more, we allow you to spread the cost of the holiday at a pace that suits you. If Porto-Petro isn’t quite floating your boat, head back to browse Majorca’s sunny shores.